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CREATING A CLEANING CENTER


You will be more likely to start your cleaning chores and to finish the task if you have everything you need on hand and in one place. A cleaning center that saves you time and steps is the efficient beginning to quick and easy cleaning methods.

• Make sure the closet is equipped to store all the cleaning tools and products you buy or make. If you can’t fit them all into one place, you’ll waste time digging around under the sink for the cleanser and going out to the garage for the mop and bucket.

• Put up a pegboard or hooks to hang brushes and mops. They’ll not only be easier to find, but they’ll last longer if they are hung.

• Install plenty of shelves to hold bottles and cartons. This will get dangerous cleaning products out of the reach of children and give you space to store a complete array of cleaning supplies.

• If you need to make room in your closet, store bathroom cleaning supplies in a secure storage area in the bathroom. If you have more than one bathroom, duplicate your supplies so you don’t have to carry them around.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

You’ll want to make sure you stock your cleaning closet with most of the following items:

• Baskets for carrying supplies from one room to another.

• Broom, dustpan, and dust mop for quick cleanups.

• Brushes in an assortment of sizes: a hard-bristle scrub brush, toilet brushes, and other soft- and medium-bristle brushes for scrubbing and dusting.

• Buckets with double compartments to hold both your cleaning solution and rinse water. Use red fingernail polish to plainly mark pint, quart, and gallon levels inside the bucket.

• Nothing absorbs water better than soft leather, so a chamois is perfect for drying washed cars and windows. After you use it, wash your chamois in detergent and water, rinse thoroughly, squeeze out the water, stretch it to full size, and place it on a flat surface to dry.

• Cleaning agents. Whether you make your own or purchase commercial products, make sure you know how to use them.

• Cleaning cloths can be made from old clothes, sheets, and towels. Light colors and natural fabrics, like cotton and linen, make the best cleaning cloths.

• Long-handle dust mop for cleaning ceilings and cobwebs.

• Mops with detachable heads.

• Rubber gloves protect your hands whenever you work with cleaning solutions.

Don’t forget to put them on.

• Scouring pads made of both synthetics and steel wool.

• Sponges in various sizes. These should be tossed out as soon as they start to shred.

• Squeegees speed window washing. If you don’t have one, an old windshield wiper is a good stand-in for a commercial squeegee.

• Vacuum cleaner. Uprights are especially good for wall-to-wall carpets and large rugs and areas with heavy traffic. Because of their portability, canisters are superior for cleaning walls, woodwork, shelves, and furniture.

• Waxes, polishes, and oils for wood, leather, brass, chrome, silver, glass, and all the other surfaces that you’ll want to shine.

 

Glossary Of Cleaning Agents

• All-purpose cleaners remove grease and grimy dirt.
• Ammonia is available in clear or sudsy form. It is a good grease cutter, wax stripper, window cleaner, and general soil remover. If you object to the strong odor of ammonia, buy a scented product. Scented ammonia is not suitable for stain removal.
• Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning products available. Used by itself in dry form, it acts as a very mild scouring powder that will not scratch even the most delicate surfaces. Add water to make a paste, and use it to scour dirty surfaces. Combined with other ingredients, it makes a very good cleaning and deodorizing solution.
• Bleach helps remove stains and whiten laundry; it’s also good for cleaning toilets.
• Dishwashing liquid deter gents are used for many cleaning tasks in addition to doing dishes.

 

 

 

 

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